Kovalchuk Cap Casualties: How Do the Devils Get Under the Cap?

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Kovalchuk Cap Casualties: How Do the Devils Get Under the Cap?
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GM Lou Lamoriello has a lot of work to do to shed at least $3 million to get under the salary cap.

The deal that seemingly took forever, is now complete.  Ilya Kovalchuk is now signed to be a New Jersey Devil for the next 15 years. It only took the National Hockey League and Players Association to change the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement to make it happen, but there's no need to relive the whole saga.  Devils fans can celebrate knowing they will have Kovalchuk around to watch and admire his unique style of play.

However, now that Kovalchuk is in the fold, there is still a good amount of work left to do for General Manager Lou Lamoriello.  The big question is, what what will the Devils do to get under the salary cap?  After signing Kovalchuk to a deal that will cost the Devils $6,666,667 a season against the cap, what will the Devils need to do to shed the $3 - 4 million they need to (per Capgeek.com), to be under the cap for this season?

Let's take a look at some of the potential moves the Devils can look to make, and try to evaluate whether or not it is a realistic possibility.

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